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September 29th, 2018

Halep Leads All-In China Open Women’s Field, Del Potro Heads Men; Preview

Interesting starts for (17) Keys vs. American countrywoman (LL) Pera, the struggling (9) Stephens vs. Pavlyuchenkova, (3) Kerber vs. the unpredictable Mladenovic, (10) Goerges vs. Konta, (7) Pliskova vs. (WC) Stosur, (12) Ostapenko vs. Rybarikova, (14) Muguruza vs. Makarova, and (2) Wozniacki vs. Bencic…

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August 12th, 2018

No Warm Welcome for Serena Williams in WTA Cincinnati Draw: Preview

Tough starts for (4) Kerber vs. Pavlyuchenkova who she is 6-6 career against, the wrist-addled (13) Keys vs. (WC) Mattek-Sands in an all-American, (9) Pliskova vs. Radwanska (winner to meet Konta), (6) Garcia vs. (WC) Azarenka, (8) Kvitova vs. the Serena-Gavrilova winner, (15) Mertens vs. Rybarikova who she has a losing record against, (5) Svitolina vs. (WC) Kuznetsova, and (2) Wozniacki vs. the Bertens-Vandeweghe winner…

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June 30th, 2018

Wimbledon Preview: Serena in Group of Death, Stephens Can Become No. 1

The Group of Death contains two former No. 1s, a No. 2, and last year’s US Open semifinalist and quarterfinalist among other floaters…Tough starts for (5) Svitolina vs. the grasscourt title-winner Maria, (21) Sevastova vs. Giorgi, (32) Radwanska vs. Safarova 2nd rd., and (2) Wozniacki vs. Makarova 2nd rd…(25) Serena’s early path is former world No. 1 junior Arantxa Rus, a qualifier/wildcard, then (5) Svitolina, then (10) Keys.

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May 26th, 2018

Pavlyuchenkova, Larsson Win WTA Titles Entering French Open

“It was tough to believe I could win this match, because to me it felt like I was always behind,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “It’s unbelievable. I think it’s maybe the longest match I’ve had on the tour, and to have a final like that is impressive.”

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May 20th, 2018

Stephens, Barty Headline Pre-French Events at Nurnberg, Strasbourg; WTA Previews

(2) Gavrilov starts against American Jennifer Brady and is then looking at the veteran Stosur in the second round, which would be a rematch of last year’s final…

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May 12th, 2018

Top Seeds Halep, Wozniacki in Deep at Italian Open; Preview

Tough starts went to (1) Halep vs. the Azarenka-Osaka winner, (13) Keys vs. Pavlyuchenkova, (9) Stephens vs. the crafty Strycova, (3) Muguruza vs. the Gavrilova-Bellis winner, (16) Barty vs. Sharapova…

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February 18th, 2018

Svitolina, 6 of Top 10, Loaded Floaters Field at WTA Dubai

The field loaded with floaters includes tough starts for (8) Mladenovic vs. (WC) Osaka, then the winner of Kvitova-Kontaveit; (7) Konta vs. the veteran Pavlyuchenkova then the winner of Radwanska-Kasatkina; (5) Garcia vs. Safarova; and (2) Muguruza vs. the Mertens-(WC) Bellis winner…

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January 29th, 2018

New World No. 1 Wozniacki and Strong Field at WTA St. Pete; Preview

Three Top 10ers in the field, including the new world No. 1 and Australian Open champion Wozniacki…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Interesting starts for (8) Kasatkina 2nd rd. vs. the Barthel-Cornet winner, (4) Mladenovic vs. the Sorana Cirstea-Cibulkova winner, (6) Pavlyuchenkova vs. Makarova, (3) Garcia vs. Bacsinszky making her 2018 debut, (7) Vesnina vs. (WC) Kvitova (winner to meet Begu), and (2) Ostapenko vs. the former world No. 2 (WC) Zvonareva vs. Bertens winner…

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January 12th, 2018

Preview: Serena Out; Women’s Australian Open Likely to See a 1st-Time Winner

(5) Venus vs. Bencic the must-watch 1st rd. match in Melbourne…Other tough starts for (31) Makarova vs. Begu, and the injury-hampered (13) Stephens vs. Zhang, who she has previously lost to…

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August 19th, 2017

Radwanska, Kvitova, Stephens, Bouchard Highlight WTA New Haven; Preview

Tough starts for seeds (1) Radwanks vs. (WC) Bouchard, (5) Vesnina vs. (WC) Stephens, and (7) Strycova vs. the rising Russian Kasatkina…

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July 29th, 2017

Muguruza, Kvitova, American Contingent Come Out at WTA Stanford; Preview

Only one Top 10 player in Muguruza, but the former Wimbledon champion Kvitova, Sharapova returning from injury and young American seeds Keys, Vandeweghe and Bellis make for an interesting field…

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June 30th, 2017

Preview: Serena You are Missed at Wimbledon; 5 Players Vie for No. 1

(2) Halep could be up against it with an early road of qualifier and two-time grasscourt doubles winner Marina Erakovic, then Brit Laura Robson, then Bouchard

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June 25th, 2017

Preview: Kerber, 8 of Top 10; Djokovic at Combined ATP/WTA Eastbourne

Potential tough starts for (1) Kerber vs. homegirl (WC) Broady, (10) Ostapenko vs. Makarova, (3) Pliskova vs. the Riske/Cornet winner, (8) Radwanska vs. the Goerges/Bellis winner, (11) Muguruza vs. Bouchard, and (6) Wozniacki vs. the Japanese riser Osaka…

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June 18th, 2017

Kerber, Azarenka, Kvitova This Week at Birmingham, Mallorca; WTA Previews

Victoria Azarenka returns to the tour after giving birth to her son, Leo, and Sabine Lisicki also makes her 2017 debut after a shoulder injury suffered last November…

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May 7th, 2017

Russian Pavlyuchenkova, German Qualifier Barthel Claim WTA Titles

“I want to say good job to this girl,” Schiavone said. “When I met her, she was 19 years old and we were playing doubles! She grew up a lot [over the] years…congratulations, I think you deserve much more.”

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